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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Phillis Edwards Papers
    Dates: 1918-1990
    Collection Number: 2017-25
    Creator/Collector: Edwards, Phillis Ann Contemporary Arts Club Kappa Alpha Theta
    Extent: .75 linear feet
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95112
    Abstract: Two Contemporary Arts Club scrapbooks (1918-1990); minutes (1940-1945) of the Sappho Society, or Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, of which Phillis Edwards was a member; and one photograph album of snapshots documenting Edwards' young adulthood near San Jose in the 1930s and 1940s.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library & Archives

    Publication Rights

    Contact the Curator of Library & Archives for publication and reproduction permissions

    Preferred Citation

    Phillis Edwards Papers. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to History San Jose in 2017 by family member

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Sappho Society, organized in 1898, was a social club at San Jose State devoted to the study of literature and art. It evolved into the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. The Contemporary Arts Club was founded in 1918 by a group of female San Jose Normal School graduates to "share a mutual interest in all of the arts." Phillis Edwards of Los Gatos, and San Jose, California, attended San Jose State College, and married James Gordon Percy in 1947.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers comprise one bound volume of handwritten minutes of the Sappho Society (1940-1945), also known as the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, at San Jose State College; and two Contemporary Arts Club scrapbooks, one of which has been disassembled. The scrapbooks contain a folder of background information, including list of members, by-laws, letters of thanks for donations to local charitable organizations, and two obituaries for members; club programs (1936-1994); and a photograph album (1989-1990) of club events. Edwards' personal photograph album includes photos of the Edwards family at home and in recreational spots around the Southern San Francisco Bay Area; Phillis with her girlfriends sunbathing on a porch and hanging out together; male and female friends at the beach in Santa Cruz and at the Mountain View Ranch swimming pool; male friends in World War II uniform; and the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939).

    Indexing Terms

    Women--Societies and clubs
    Greek letter societies
    San Jose State University
    Kappa Alpha Theta
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    minute books
    photograph albums